From the acclaimed, award-winning author comes an extraordinary new series about a real hero and the real Deep South.
Northeast Mississippi: hill country, rugged and notorious for outlaws since the Civil War, where killings are as commonplace as in the Old West. To Quinn Colson, it's home - but not the home he left when he went to Afghanistan. Now an Army Ranger, he returns to a place overrun by corruption, and finds his uncle, the county sheriff, dead - a suicide, he's told, but others whisper murder. In the days that follow, it will be up to Colson to discover the truth, not only about his uncle, but about his family, his friends, his town, and not least, about himself. And once the truth is discovered, there is no turning back.
©2011 Ace Atkins (P)2011 Audible, Inc.
"With terrific, inflected characters, and a dark, subtle sense of place and history, The Ranger is an exceptional novel." (John Sandford)
"One of the best crime writers at work today." (Michael Connelly)
In Colson, Atkins has created a compelling character, a coolly intelligent man who brings both the rare abilities of Special Ops training and a wider experience of the world to his festering little hometown. The plot feels mean and speedy...and the language echoes with the influences of Faulkner and Chandler but finds its own strong voice." (St. Petersburg Times)
Give me water to swim and surf in. That with a glass of white wine and the sun. That's heaven.
I had not heard about Ace Atkins or Jeff Woodman before I saw this listing on Audible. I thought I may as well give it a try so I downloaded it. Once I started "The Ranger", I had trouble turning it off and walking away. Ace Atkins crafts a story that hold you and makes you want to hear more while Jeff Woodman does an outstanting job with the narration. I can hardly wait for the next one to come out. I can believe I found a New Favorite!
I did not smile during this book.
Most of the book has mean unlikeable characters doing things that are not interesting to watch. Most of the characters were poor and uneducated. Their thoughts and actions were not entertaining. No one intrigued me. There was no one to root for.
The two main good guys are Quinn and Lily. Quinn is an army ranger who came home for his uncle’s funeral and is investigating his uncle’s death. Lily is a sheriff’s deputy. It was not fun or special watching them solve the mystery. There wasn’t anything interesting about their relationship. Anna-Lee is supposedly a good character. Her husband is in danger so she begs Quinn to find him. Quinn risks his life to help the husband. Then Anna-Lee is rude and dismissive to Quinn. She doesn’t even thank him. Her actions make her unlikeable, and she’s one of the good guys.
There were two action scenes that were missing key parts. Quinn creates a diversion to enter the enemy compound and rescue hostages. He gets inside to the hostages and says lets go. Then the story skips to the next day. We don’t see how they sneak off and run while the bad guys are shooting. Did any bad guys follow them?
The other scene: Two guys A and B are taking a long car drive. They end up in an ambush with bad guys surrounding them. All of a sudden two good guys C and D are hiding in the nearby woods and shoot the bad guys so A can get away. How did C and D know to be hiding in that place? Were they following A’s car? I don’t know.
I’m not sure how I feel about the narrator Jeff Woodman. I wonder if his interpretations made some characters more unlikeable than I would have made them if I were reading the physical book. All the characters are Mississippi locals so he speaks with southern and hillbilly accents - like sit-shee-aa tion (for situation). It was a little too much southern for me. But that may be personal preference.
Genre: crime mystery suspense
I really like this guy! If Quinn Colson were sheriff in my town, I'd vote for him just for being so honestly cool. The drama in this story just keeps going, and I can't wait to read the next book. ....ahhhh, swooon
Just an old retired guy, eyesight not as good as it was, so really enjoy listening to these books. Been listening for about 6 years.
It's one I might come back to if I had some time on my hands and no good newer books available.
Jeff Woodman's reading was easy to listen to. He does a nice job on different voices for the characters so they are recognizable.
The way the main character put's his ranger skill's to good use.
The Ranger because he kick ass.
He did a good job.
What he found about his sister.
Really like the characters in this series. I like the narrator better in this book than some of his others, he kind of reads a little slow sometimes.
Ace Atkins is a new author to me and I enjoyed this book. It never was slow, but it was not too complicated either.
I chose this book based on a strong recommendation by a friend, who rarely leads me astray. Unfortunately I found little to like about it.
The lead character (the Ranger himself) was not likable, certainly not admirable. For a story to succeed, the author has to give the reader something to connect with, someone to root for, but this connection was missing for me.
Yes, the narrator did a good job.
The core group of characters were all essential to the plot. Rather than cutting any, I'd like to see them all made more interesting, more appealing.
I highly recommend this series for two reasons, the lesser of which is that the characters and plot structures are diverting. What makes these books extraordinary is the tremendous antipathy the author has for his own protagonists. He tries to build empathetic characters of rigid sterotypes he does not really know and in fact despises. It is set in the Deep South - rural north Mississippi. But the author is dismissively rude about Christians as all fools and hypocrites; southerners as racist; veterans as violent and damaged; capitalism as evil; stupidity obesity and immorality as interchangeable, rural people especially. He's even snotty about coffee. It's in every detail. It's fascinating. The story is ok, but the slaps of bigotry of the urban liberal mindset is where the real stimulation of this series lays
This first in the series title starts slowly but you begin to get caught up in the characters and small town. The series just gets better and better. Loved all 5 books and hope there will be more!!!!
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